Monday, March 23, 2015

The Cat in the Hat

Dr. Seuss FUN continues at Steward School.  Working collaboratively, the teachers at Steward School read the book The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss and using iMovie we recorded the story.  Can you guess which teacher is reading?  Click on the book below to hear the story.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Visit the Midwest with Mrs. Kelleher's Class

Mrs. Kelleher had her class work on learning new facts about the Midwest Region.  The small groups of students researched their selected topic using the text book and iPad.  Finished projects were completed in iMovie Trailer.  

Click on the pictures below to view the Midwest Trailers.
Midwest States and Capitals by Maddie, Piper, and Maya

Midwest Agriculture by Justin, Kate, and Matthew

Midwest Famous Site Seeings by Stella, Maggie, and Riley

Midwest’s Best Three Landmarks by Kai, Tom and Will

The Sports of the Midwest by Chris, Max, Grady, Sean, and Colin

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Which Teacher Do You See?

The sun did not shine
It was too snowy to play
So we sat at school
All that cold, cold, cold day.

I sat there with Mrs. De Frank,
We sat there, we two,
And I said, "How I wish we had something to do!"

And then
Something went BUMP!
How that bump made us jump!

We looked!
Then we saw them appear at our door!
We looked!
And we saw them begin to come, more and more.

We will let the things out of the box.
The game will begin ready or not.

The question will be...
Which Teacher Do You see?

Tech Tip:
The app Green Screen by Doink was used to create these pictures.

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Digital Learning Day

Taking a Test can be Fun!

During the month of March the Third Grade students study the properties of matter. As they were nearing the completion of this science unit I created an assessment using the app Socrative. This app allows teachers to create a quiz online in socrative teacher. This may be done on either an iPad or a computer. The set up was very easy.
Click on the picture to learn more about socrative in the app store.

On the big day each student had an iPad and signed into the quiz with a code their teacher gave them for this test. It was a fun way to assess students and it was a fun way to take a test.

 The program scores the multiple choice test as the students are working and the teacher receives an excel spread sheet with the results. Everyone did a great job and had fun.

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Friday, March 13, 2015

OREO Writing

First Graders would like to persuade you.  Using the idea of an OREO cookie students first brainstormed their writing piece.

Next using the app Chatterkid students recorded their writing.
Finally using the app iMovie the final project was completed.

Miss Sideri's Box of Crayons from Miss Sideri on Vimeo.

School Supplies from Mrs. Truhart on Vimeo.

Did they convince you?

Standards for First Grade 

Text Types and Purposes 
• W.1.1.. Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure. Production and Distribution of Writing
 • W.1.5. With guidance and support from adults, focus on a topic, respond to questions and suggestions from peers, and add details to strengthen writing as needed 
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas 
• SL.1.4. Describe people, places, things, and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly. 
• SL.1.6. Produce complete sentences when appropriate to task and situation.

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Saturday, March 7, 2015


KidsZone  a free online website gives students the ability to input data and create graphs.  Mrs. Burke's third graders have been collecting data from their classmates and presenting the data in a visual form.  In the lab students used a graphing site to create a digital graph with their data.

Click on the picture above to create your own graph.

Adding data to the form

Selecting the type of graph

Choosing style and color

Our Graph is added to a word document

Adding questions for our data

Final product

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Friday, March 6, 2015

School Committee Meeting Sharing Book Creator

At School Committee we had the opportunity to share our Book Creator Projects.  Three third grade students, Daniel, Talia, and Noah taught the members of our school committee how to scan a QR code which took them to our blog post with their Pourquoi tales. It was impressive to hear these students talk about app smashing and all the tips they used to write their tales.  The students discussed the difference between an e book and a hard copy book.  They all are in favor of using iPads because it makes writing easier and they love the fact that sound can be added into their book.

Noah, Talia, and Daniel share how to scan a QR code.

Talia shows Mrs. O'Leary  her book.

Let's hear the added sounds.

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Oh the Places You'll Go

The book Oh the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss was the theme for spirit day this week at Steward School.  Students and staff dressed to show the place they would like to go.
Come on a trip with us!

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

March 2 is the birthday of Dr. Seuss who was born in 1904 in Springfield, MA.

At Steward School students and teachers are celebrating during the month of March.
All the doors are even dressed for the big occasion.
If you come for a visit be sure to take a walk and see the marvelous creations for yourself.

Nonfiction Text

Mrs. Boucher's Fifth Grade Class have been working on writing their own nonfiction books. Working together in small groups the students divided the research project into smaller components. Both iPads and laptops were used for the research.

Text Features
1.      Title of book with a cover for the book
2.      Different fonts
3.      Bold print
4.      Colored print
5.      Bullets
6.      Headings
7.      Titles
8.      Subheading
9.      Italics
10.  Labels
11.  Captions
12.  Table of contents
13.  Index
14.  Glossary
15.  Preface
16.  Pronunciation guide
17.  appendix
Graphic Aids (at least 5)
1.      1.Diagrams
2.      Sketches
3.      Graphs
4.      Figures
5.      Maps
6.      Charts
7.      Tables
8.      Cross-sections
9.      Timelines
10.  Overlays
Illustrations (at least 5)
1.      Colored photographs
2.      Colored drawings
3.      Black and white photos
4.      Black and white drawings
5.      Labeled drawings
6.      Enlarged photographs
7.      Acrylic, watercolor, or oil painting

After researching their topic each student then used the app book Creator to create their own pages.

Option 1: Click on the title, download, and Open either in Book Creator or iBooks on a digital device.

Tech Tip:

Book Creator Group Work

Apps needed: Book Creator and AirDrop

Students create individual pages on their own iPads, labeling the cover with their first name. Tap under the book and type in name for Title. This will help when you combine books.

To merge the books:

1. Open the book

2. Top right corner click on the send icon

3. Turn on AirDrop (Everyone) Share via AirDrop. 

AirDrop is found by sliding up from the bottom of the iPad.


3. Click on the + under the book that you want to merge with the new book

4. Select Combine Books

5. Choose the title of the book to combine and click copy

6. Your book will now have all the pages from both books.

7. Rearrange pages and create the cover.

This process can also be done using google drive or dropbox.

Book Creator Group Work with Drive

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